University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business
Describe yourself in 15 words or less: Former Naval Officer changing career direction towards the tech industry.
Hometown: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Fun Fact About Yourself:I coached a High School Ultimate Frisbee team to a league championship.
Undergraduate School and Major: University of Washington – Political Science & Economics
Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation:
Employer: United States Navy – USS Stethem, USS Gunston Hall
Job Titles: Fire Control Officer, Training Officer, Electronic Key Management System Officer
Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far:Led my ship’s Visits, Boardings, Searches & Seizures (VBSS, aka. Pirate hunting) team through several operations in 5th Fleet (Middle East) during an 11-month deployment. We had trained together for months leading up to the deployment, and from our assessment that year, received one of the highest ratings out of any team deploying at that time. We worked incredibly hard, met some great people, did some greater things and came home safe.
Looking back on your experience, what one piece of advice would you give to future business school applicants? When you’re sitting around waiting to receive your acceptance letters, don’t freak or stress out too much. Trust that you knocked the essays and interviews out of the park give yourself a little time to relax before the craziness of first semester.
What was the key factor that led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA and why was it so important to you? I attended the admit weekends of all the schools I was accepted and the people at Marshall really set it apart from the other schools. All the current students seemed like they were genuinely enjoying themselves and all I really got along with the admitted students. They were people I definitely saw myself having a lot of fun with, through two years of intense studying, recruiting and tailgating.
What would success look like to you after your first year of business school? Placement at one of the major tech companies in the Pacific Northwest… along with a pretty nice tan and some sweet new moves on the surfboard.
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